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SUNDAY 19 JUNE 2016, NATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE CANBERRA

This year's Regional Cooperation and Development Forum will be held on Sunday 19 June at the National Convention Centre, Canberra. The Forum allows for the sharing of ideas and opportunities through both a mix of academic and practitioner insights, and is the official venue for the launch of the annual State of the Regions Report.

This year's report by National Economics continues to examine the critical importance of infrastructure investment as well as discussing the complex and wide ranging roles played by local government and regions in destination management and growing the visitor economy. The report includes an investigation of the Commonwealth role in local government finance. It also covers regional aspects of education finance and regional differences in the pathways from early childhood to satisfying employment.

Given the upcoming Federal election, this year's Regional Cooperation and Development Forum will provide an opportunity for the delegates attending to workshop the positions and arguments local government should be advocating in helping to formulate a new national regional policy. A panel will also be discussing the challenges and opportunities of leveraging the Visitor economy.

Confirmed speakers include: Mr Matt O'Sullivan, Content Director for Rural and National Programs at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Mr David Sheldon, the Chair of the Australian Regional Tourism Network, Ms Lisa Conolly the Director of Regional, Family and Community Statistics - Australian Bureau of Statistics, Mr Jack Archer, the Chief Executive of the Regional Australia Institute; Ms Janice Wykes, Head of Tourism Research Australia, Dr Meredith Wray, Leading Regional Tourism Expert and Dr Jacki Schirmer reporting on the National 2015 Regional Wellbeing Report.  

For more information please contact ALGA on (02) 6122 9400.

To register for the Forum, please click here.


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